The latest NZ Canoeing has been sent to members, featuring Conservation News (Rivers in the media, Hurunui River moratorium, Mokihinui River, Mokihinui Stockton film, Central Plains Water, Land and Water Forum, Nevis River Decision) (Tony Ward-Holmes), Respect to the Hutt Gorge @ 2.55m (Ruby Kopelov), Kiwi kayakers excel at home and overseas (Miriam Odlin), Releases and Events. Read more in NZ Canoeing 10.2 (PDF, 9.7Mb).
Some months ago the Otago conservancy of DOC released their proposed Mt Aspiring National Park Management Plan. It is due to be approved by the NZ Conservation Authority and assuming nothing surprising happens, Whitewater NZ has had a significant win by retaining aerial access to Bonar Flats on the Waiatoto River.
Applications are now open for the 2010 Hillary Expedition grant administered by SPARC. $100,000 is available to support Hillary Expedition 2010 and this year SPARC are actively seeking applications from young and / or amateur adventurers. Applications close 5pm Friday 15 October 2010.
The Annual General Meeting for Whitewater NZ was held on Saturday 20 at the Arawa Clubrooms in Christchurch. The Annual Report for 2010 was accepted. Several Executive members stood down, so we thank Duncan Catanach, Glenn Murdoch, Michelle Wallace, Alan Bell, Anne Smith and Simon Callaghan for their superb work over many years.
The West Coast Whitewater Kayaking Survey 2010 is now live and Whitewater New Zealand encourages anyone who has paddled on the Coast to complete it. Andy England is doing the work as part of his Royal Society of New Zealand Teacher Fellowship. In brief:
Purely about whitewater kayaking/canoeing on the West Coast of NZ.
The biggest West Coast kayaking survey to date, designed to update the 1991-93 survey.
Will provide valuable data for decision making processes.
It’s online and will take you 20 mins if you haven’t done many rivers, up to an hour if you’ve done most West Coast rivers - you can leave it and come back to it
CUMEC #11 is out, featuring Buller Festival 2010, Only in Africa, The Slalom Diaries, Quickfire: Wairoa Extreme Race, Interview: Jez Blanchard, Misadventure on the Bo Bo, plus the magazine is full of all the regular features like Video Technique with Wayne Johnson, river running technique with Zak Shaw, and paddling fit with Megan Foster.
The latest NZ Canoeing, Autumn 2010 (The Blacker issue) has been sent to members, and features Conservation news (Mokihinui dam, Canterbury Water Conservation Orders) (Tony Ward-Holmes), Hurunui (Polly Miller), Rock snot is not the only pest to look out for in our rivers (ARC), Your contributions, Releases and Events. Read more in NZ Canoeing 10.1 (PDF, 7.7Mb).
Whitewater NZ have submitted an appeal to the Environment Court over the consent granted to Meridian Energy for a dam on the Mōkihinui River. The appeal seeks that the consents are not granted due the complete loss of kayaking amenity with no mitigation. The scheme does not promote sustainable management (because no one is making new rivers). The appeal points out that there is no bond for ultimate removal of the dam, and that the dam is unnecessary due to the Dobson and Stockton schemes that have already received consents.
Invercargill man Mark Tressler (45) drowned on the Marora River, Southland on Monday 5 April. Reports indicate that the kayaker capsized and swam and was unresponsive to CPR. The incident is being investigated by Te Anau police and will be referred to the coroner. Maritime NZ have declined to investigate the incident, citing budget restrictions. (Incident report).
Mangahao Joint Venture has advised that the Mangahao release this Saturday will be postponed. A test operation on the the No. 2 dam bypass gate was carried out yesterday after problems with the gate forced the cancellation of last October's release. Unfortunately, the gate failed to open yesterday and remains jammed closed. The result came as a surprise as the gate opening was successfully tested earlier this year. If the gate can be repaired, a replacement date will be advertised for a Saturday in May.
This week, with the passing of the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Bill, the National Government has fundamentally undermined Water Conservation Orders in Canterbury, reneged on their environmental credentials and taken an unprecedented step towards allowing developers free access to the Hurunui River.
Since 1991 the Resource Management Act, through Water Conservation Orders, has provided a robust mechanism for ensuring that our most important rivers have been protected.